|TORONTO ( HUTCHISON )|
NY YANKEES ( CAPUANO )
|965||TORONTO||+120||Ov 9,-120||+120||Ov 8.5,-115|
|966||NY YANKEES||-130||Un 9,+100||-130||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-15||-2.8||13-15||4.2||0.258||0.320||4.0||0.248||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||5-1||5.6||0.321||0.369||4.9||0.278||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-33||+1.4||30-41||3.8||0.251||0.311||4.0||0.247||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||2-5||3.7||0.259||0.314||2.1||0.225||0.253|
|7/12/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||3-10||L||110||7.5 un||O||9||8||0||12||9||1|
|7/13/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||0-3||L||170||6.5 un||U||5||5||0||6||8||0|
|7/24/2014||STROMAN(R)||BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||8-0||W||-110||8 ov||P||14||8||0||1||3||0|
|7/25/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-6||L||120||8 un||O||10||6||0||11||5||0|
|7/26/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|7/27/2014||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)|| |
|7/28/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|7/29/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)|| |
|7/30/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|7/31/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)|| |
|8/1/2014||HAPP(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|7/12/2014||GREENE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-0||W||140||9 ev||U||9||8||0||5||6||0|
|7/13/2014||WHITLEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||1-3||L||130||8.5 un||U||4||2||0||5||5||0|
|7/28/2014||PHELPS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|7/29/2014||MCCARTHY(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|7/30/2014||KURODA(R)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)|| |
|8/1/2014||CAPUANO(L)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|NY YANKEES: NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter is saying goodbye. Masahiro Tanaka is saying hello.|
Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are new to the Bronx; David Robertson is new to the closer's role. And Alex Rodriguez is nowhere to be seen.
Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte have retired, and Robinson Cano has moved to Seattle.
After missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, the New York Yankees will look a whole lot different. And for the first time since 1998, they don't have baseball's highest payroll.
''I think it is probably the biggest transition I've been through,'' manager Joe Girardi says.
For only the second time in team history and the first time since 1947, every position on opening day other than the mound will be manned by a different Yankees player on opening day than in New York's previous opener.
New York's forgettable 2013 season began with an 8-2 loss to Boston, with Kevin Youkilis at first, Cano at second, Eduardo Nunez at shortstop, Jayson Nix at third, Francisco Cervelli behind the plate, Vernon Wells in left, Brett Gardner in center and Ichiro Suzuki in right.
The only holdover for Tuesday's opener at Houston figures to be Gardner, who has shifted to left. The rest of the starting lineup figures to have McCann behind the plate, Mark Teixeira at first, Brian Roberts at second, Jeter at shortstop, Kelly Johnson at third, Ellsbury in center and Beltran in right.
CC Sabathia will be the constant on the mound. He's coming off the poorest of his 13 major league seasons at 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA.
''Nobody wants to go through that again,'' he says. ''It sticks with me a lot. Just being disappointed in not being able to help this team win. I feel like if I could have been a little better we might have made the playoffs. I blamed myself for a long time in the offseason and now I'm over it and ready to go this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TORONTO-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Yankees Preview* ===========================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Toronto (54-49) at New York (53-48), 1:05 p.m. EDT
Two starting pitchers who weren't even with the team a few weeks ago have helped the New York Yankees stay in the thick of the AL East race.
Now they'll test out a third - and their 11th different starter this year - as newcomer Chris Capuano looks to cool off Jose Bautista and extend the Toronto Blue Jays' astonishing misery in the Bronx on Saturday.
New York's 6-4 victory Friday broke a second-place tie with the Blue Jays in the East and pushed its winning streak to four, one off a season high. Toronto had a three-game win streak snapped as its drought at Yankee Stadium reached 17 games, the longest road slide by one team against another since Tampa Bay lost 18 in a row at Cleveland from 2005-10.
New York is 7-1 on a 10-game homestand which began after the All-Star break.
"You walk in this stadium, you feel energy. It's hard to really describe why, but it's there," said Chase Headley, who had three hits in his fourth game since joining the Yankees.
Toronto (54-50) has not surpassed four runs in its last 14 games in the Bronx, and New York (54-48) hasn't allowed more than four in 11 straight overall despite a patchwork rotation.
Amid a rash of injuries, Yankees starters have a 2.42 ERA over the last 13 games. While rookie Shane Greene is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA since his call-up, Brandon McCarthy is 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA since his July 6 acquisition from Arizona - also giving Yankee fans hope that another journeyman can revitalize his career with New York.
The 35-year-old Capuano was acquired from Colorado for cash Thursday and is replacing rookie Chase Whitley, who was moved to the bullpen.
"We're going with the guy that's a little bit more experienced," manager Joe Girardi said.
Capuano (1-1, 4.55 ERA) began the season with Boston, making 28 relief appearances before being released July 1. The former All-Star signed with the Rockies but only appeared in the minors, going 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in four starts.
"If you look, at the beginning of the year, he was great," Girardi said of Capuano, who threw 15 straight scoreless innings to open the season. "We're confident that he can pitch extremely well for us."
The left-hander hasn't done well with Bautista, who is 7 for 18 against him with two homers, two doubles and four walks.
The All-Star slugger drove in all of Toronto's runs Friday with two homers off Hiroki Kuroda - the only healthy member of New York's original rotation. Bautista is 8 for 15 with three homers and six RBIs in his last four games.
Bautista is batting .359 off southpaws, but Toronto has hit an AL-low .237 against them.
Problems against lefties have plagued Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison (6-9, 4.54). Left-handed hitters are batting .348 in his last six starts as he's gone 1-5 with a 6.97 ERA.
The slump has brought about concerns that the 23-year-old Hutchison, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012, is wearing down after throwing 113 innings this season.
"I don't think it's far enough along where you have to worry about fatigue setting in," manager John Gibbons told MLB's official website.
Hutchison's poor stretch began with back-to-back losses to the Yankees last month, surrendering eight runs and 13 hits in 10 1-3 innings. He's 0-3 with a 9.22 ERA against them this season.
The usual top three in New York's lineup - Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury - are 12 for 22 against Hutchison this year.
Jeter singled Friday to reach 3,414 hits, five shy of Carl Yastrzemski for seventh all-time.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 11:23:37 AM EST|